A New Red Monster To Rule Over Clybourn 1200
Apr19

A New Red Monster To Rule Over Clybourn 1200

When we last visited the Clybourn 1200 (1200 North Clybourn Avenue) site back in early March, we had to get up close and peek over the fences to get a good look at construction progress. Crews got started on caisson work at the former City Farm site back in January, and had been doing some digging on the foundations as spring approached. But there wasn’t much to see if you were just passing through on Division Street. But...

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Next Up at Next: Glass
Dec16

Next Up at Next: Glass

Another day, another Chicago construction project with pretty new windows. This time, it’s at Next Apartments (347 West Chestnut Street) in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. And this is another shining example of why we love the CTA elevated trains; we noticed the glass first from the Chicago Avenue platform, and then from the Brown Line train as we sped past. And not just a window here and there. Oh no. Next has glass on all four...

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What’s Next? So Far, It’s Five Floors and Counting
Sep22

What’s Next? So Far, It’s Five Floors and Counting

Of course, we’re just having fun with the name. Next refers to the new residential tower from Fifield Companies at 347 West Chestnut Street in Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes, the 28-story high-rise will bring 310 luxury rental apartments to this redeveloping area. Having the word “luxury” in the description means Next has to be loaded with...

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Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division
Aug21

Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division

The 18-story residential high rise now known as Xavier continues to hurtle towards its Fall opening. The design by GREC Architects is bringing 240 homes to 625 West Division Street, an area rich with urban renewal following the tear-downs in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. A prime piece of real estate situated directly across the street from the new Target store, the 244,000-square-foot building will include ground-floor retail space...

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Next Phase of Parkside of Old Town Rising On West Division
Aug20

Next Phase of Parkside of Old Town Rising On West Division

Redevelopment of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood continues on the city’s north side, and Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation’s Parkside of Old Town project continues to grow. This particular project, at 459 West Division Street, will bring an eclectic mix of dwelling options when ready for occupation in the winter 2016. At completion, the Landon Bone Baker Architects-design will include 106 dwelling...

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Briefly: FLW’s Dog House, Ellis Cities, Cabrini Continues
Feb24

Briefly: FLW’s Dog House, Ellis Cities, Cabrini Continues

Peter Ellis New Cities has launched a new web site at http://elliscities.com.  From the press release: “The new site highlights the firm’s impressive project portfolio, which includes the new Jaypee Sports City, a 5,000 acre new city under construction in the south of New Delhi.” Places as a new, and rather thoughtful, article about Cabrini Green.  It’s long on history, which is useful for those of us who...

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Scraping the Sky Before There Were Skyscrapers

Chimneys were Chicago’s first skyscrapers.  But as the modern-day version moved in, the factories moved out.  Still, there are plenty of fascinating chimneys around the city.  They don’t belch as often as they used to, but they still stand tall.  Someone could make a nice coffee table book out of chimneys.  For the life of me, I can’t remember where I shot this one.  I suspect it’s in the Lincoln Park, or...

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Slice of Life: Roofline Roosters

The expression “bird brained” is supposed to be an insult.  But these pigeons gathered together at the apex of the Saint Matthew Methodist Church roof (1000 North Orleans Street) on a cold winter morning are smart enough to know two things — heat rises, and churches are notorious for having drafty, vaulted...

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The Milkman Cometh

I love historic architecture.  Especially architecture that tells a story.  This building at 319  West Locust Street near Cabrini Green has been vacant a long time.  But it still speaks of a time when dairies weren’t so far from downtown Chicago.  When an army of milkmen delivered milk, cheese, and the occasional baby right to your doorstep.    It’s not hard to imagine a row of bulbous milk floats parked outside, manned by...

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